Jesus’ Compassion to the Suffering

September 18, 2022 Speaker: Tim Rice Series: The Gospel of Mark

Passage: Mark 5:21-43

Memory Verse for the Week: Mark 5:35-36 (ESV)

While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”

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Intro: When have you been desperate for help?

What is the power of suffering upon our heart motives, and how can it move us to terrible self-seeking attitudes and conduct?

How is Jesus gracious toward us even in the midst of our suffering?

What does faith and repentance look like?


1. Worship the LORD for His graciousness. Praise Him, Father, Son and Holy Spirit for how He is compassionate to meet us in our deepest needs, albeit in ways that are beyond our imagination. 

2. How have you lived as if God just needs to cooperate with your priorities and needs? Confess to Jesus your arrogance and demanding spirit, asking Him to forgive you and to soften your heart to trust His ways and His work to save you.

3. Give thanks to Jesus for His gracious work to meet you in your desperation and exceed your expectations. Thank Him for wanting more for you than just temporal blessings and for giving you more than just earthly relief.

4. Who do you know that is living frantically because of how desperate they are in their doubts about God? Pray for them, asking the Lord to help them see Him and His love even in their pain and suffering.

5. Ask the Holy Spirit to bear in you His fruit of love, peace and patience. Pray for His perspective and a heart to trust His timing (vs. the hurried and demanding ways of our culture and generation).

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